Jaguar Journal - 2/22/19
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
February 22, 2019
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Pray for warm weather, blossoms and green grass!
See note below about the school make-up plan.
Make sure St. Matthew Night at AirFx is on the calendar for THIS SUNDAY
Please turn in your preregistration forms for next school year!
Yearbook orders are due March 1st. Anyone who purchased a picture package will automatically receive a yearbook.
Monday WE DO HAVE SCHOOL!
This Week's To-Do List:
* Vote for St. Matt's in the UnityPoint "Imaging the Amazing" contest (see below)
* Send in box tops and Hy-Vee receipts
A huge THANK YOU to Nate Mealhow & Mealhow Construction for moving our two big snow mounds to allow for more parking and safer spaces.
We appreciate you helping us out!
Important Upcoming Events
February 20 - March 12 - Skatetime in PE
February 22 - 2019-2020 Registration Forms Due
February 22 - 5th Grade Honor Choir @ Solon
February 25 - School is in session
February 27 - Mass 8:35 AM (1st grade-VanBerkum)
March 2 - Mardi Gras @ Elmcrest CC
March 6 - Mass 8:35 AM Ash Wednesday (Staff)
March 13 - Mass 8:35 AM (4th grade-Smith)
March 15 - No School Day
March 16 to 24 - Spring Break!
March 27 - Mass 8:35 AM (3rd grade-Adams)
April 1-5 - Wareham ISASP testing
April 3 - Mass 8:35 AM (5th grade-Chute)
April 8-12 - Chute ISASP testing
April 10 - Mass 8:35 AM (5th grade-Wareham)
April 12th - 3rd Grade Titanic Day
April 15-18 - Adams & Smith ISASP testing
April 17 - Mass 8:35 AM (Staff)
April 19 - No School: Good Friday
April 22 - Potential make-up day
April 23-26 - ISASP Testing Make-up
April 24 - Mass 8:35 AM (Staff)
April 26 - Donuts with Dad/Muffins with Mom in Kearn Hall from 7:05-8:15 AM
April 27 - 2nd Graders 1st Holy Communion at 4 PM
School Make-Up Days
The St. Matthew Board of Education met last night to determine a plan to meet the state required 1,080 hours. Currently, we are short 9.52 hours. The plan is as follows but know that more information will be forthcoming in a separate email:
Monday, February 25th
- we will be in-session along with Regis and Xavier
Friday, March 15th
- we will be in-session along with Xavier (we realize some of you already have planned spring break activities, please note that this will be considered an excused absence)
Friday, April 5th
- we will be in session
Monday, April 22nd
- we will be in-session along with Regis and Xavier
Friday, May 17th
- will now be a full day of school with families welcome for a picnic lunch and Rainbow Day activities in the afternoon.
Thursday, May 30th
- we will be in session for a full day of school
Friday, May 31st
- will now be the last day of school including Mass, recognition and early dismissal.
We are looking at adding 15 minutes to our school day beginning on Monday, March 25th - how we will accomplish this will be shared in a subsequent email. We need to review all options and are watching the current legislation prior to finalizing this plan.
If all of the above were done, we will have a positive 11.5 hours for the remainder of the year. Should this plan need to be adjusted, we will be sure to clearly communicate that as soon as possible. Thank you to the Board of Education for their hard work in putting together the plan that is best for both students and families.
Sharing our musical talents...
This past weekend Oliver Klipp, Maylin Tursi, and Kate Deegan represented St. Matthew School at the Young Musician's Honor Band at Prairie Point Middle School. Way to go Jaguars! (photo on the left)
Today, nine of our fifth grade students joined 120 other fifth and sixth grade students for the ECICDA Honor Choir held at the Solon Performing Arts Center. They represented St. Matthew very well. Way to go Rory Schaub, Emma Richmond, Trinity Mueller, Jolene Scherrman, Lucy Giorgio, Irelynn Oviatt, Theresa Moses, Camryn Charkowski, and Aimele Nguyen. (photo on the right)
We are looking for future Jaguars, if you know of anyone interested in attending St. Matthew School, please have them contact Mrs. Conlon at 319-362-3021 or
. We would love to schedule a meeting and give them a tour. Please keep in mind that you're reaching out to one or two people may be the difference maker. Thank you for your help!
Transportation Reimbursement Reminders
Second semester non-public transportation reimbursement forms for the area school districts are due May 1st. Click the district in which you live to find the form you need to submit. Remember Cedar Rapids school district forms need to be turned in to the St. Matthew office. Contact Ann Waltermyer at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Cedar Rapids Community School District
College Community School District
Linn Mar Community School District
Marion Community School District
Free and Reduced Lunch
Families may apply for free or reduced lunch status at any time during the school year. Free and reduced application packets are located in the school office. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Kember Nelson at
or by calling 362-3021.
AirFX Fundraiser on Sunday night!!!
We will be hosting a St. Matthew Night at AirFX on Sunday, February 24th from 4 to 9 p.m. Please join us for some fun! Each jumper will be $10 and 20% of your purchase goes back to St. Matthew School. The info sheet is attached.
SkateTime Unit - Help Still Needed
Ms. Carney is needing some volunteers to help the younger grades with putting on their skates and equipment during our Skatetime unit. The more the merrier! Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Please sign up using the link below.
Skatetime Unit Signup
Mardi Gras 2019 is right around the corner!
This year’s St. Matthew Madi Gras event will be held at Elmcrest Country Club on
Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 6:00 PM to Midnig
. Tickets are $60.00 a piece and go up $5 starting tomorrow. View our sponsors, register to bid, and buy your tickets at: charityauction.bid/mardigras2019
Make sure to check out our Facebook page (
) to see previews of some of the awesome items we'll be auctioning off!
This year we have a couple of ways to bid!
1.Download the Auctria App
2.Sign in with your Auctria information
3.If prompted, choose "Mardi Gras 2019"
(Must be a registered bidder with a phone number included)
- Start by texting ‘hello’ to 319-264-1533
- Text “Bid” along with your dollar amount and the item number to 319- 264-1533.
- For example: “Bid 400 for #123”. This will put a $400.00 bid on item #123.
- A confirmation text will be sent
- Text notifications will be sent to keep bidders up-to-date on their bids
Contact Lauren Shovein or Laura Lipinski at
with questions.Thank you for your support of the St. Matthew Community!
Education Celebration - April 2nd
Registration is open for the April 2nd Education Celebration at the Capitol. If you are interested in attending this event with a group from St. Matthew Elementary, please let Amy Conlon know by Friday, February 22nd. We need to show our interest and support for school choice initiatives! The event takes place at noon and we encourage visits to legislators before/after the rally. A few notes are below!
Registrants will get information about the day and talking points in advance.
If you want to take a tour of the Capitol, please let me know and I will get that scheduled
Believe it or not, it is that time again, time to start thinking about summer! Included below is a flyer for the Summer Solutions materials available for you. This includes both literacy and math, along with a few other options depending on grade level. Please highly consider this opportunity as it is a great way to keep students engaged and help reduce the summer slump and it compliments the workbooks we use throughout the school year!
St Matthew Summer Solutions Ordering.pdf
Try Hockey Free
Kids ages 4 to 9 can try hockey for free on Saturday, February 23rd. Check out the attached flyer for more information.
Try Hockey Free Flyer.pdf
Regis Middle School After School Bus Driver Needed
Do you enjoy driving and want to work a few hours a week? Regis is currently seeking a part-time bus driver for after-school activities. Driving time is variable and will be in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area with occasional trips to Iowa City/Coralville. This position also would include some hours each month for maintaining the buses. Potential drivers should have a valid Class CDL license with passenger and air brake endorsements. If interested please contact Tracie Chute at
SAVE THE DA
TE - Friday, April 5th, for Regis' Royal T Night!
Mark Friday, April 5th, 6:30-10:30pm on your calendar and plan to attend Regis Middle School's annual Royal T Night at Regis' Richard J. Breitbach Gymnasium, 735 Prairie Drive NE, Cedar Rapids. This year's event theme is ROCK THE BLEACHERS! All proceeds from this casual, adults-only evening of food, drink, games, raffles and silent and live auctions will go toward updating the gymnasium bleachers, which are original to when Regis High School opened. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Regis at 319-363-1968. If you'd like to make a monetary donation, donate an item for the auctions, or if you have an interest in purchasing a portion of the current wood bleachers please contact Dianne Clarke at
or 319-363-1968. Thank you for your support of Regis Middle School!
Message from the Principal
We are getting closer...closer to a full week of school and closer to spring. Thanks for your patience and flexibility with the many changes in schedules and plans.
More importantly, thanks to all of you who have been so diligently working and volunteering for the various needs around St. Matthew. Your work does not go unnoticed and we appreciate all you do! THANK YOU!
Essentials Team Highlight
The art room has been pretty lonely the last few weeks. With all the snow days it has been hard to get projects done. But we are doing our best to brighten our hallways with artwork! Our January Art Clubs were snowed out and just this week for 5th grade was too. January's session will be made up all together on Wednesday, May 29th. We are still seeing what we can do for the 5th grade make-up class from this week. I will keep those parents updated. We are hoping to get a full art week soon!
--Mrs. Miller Smith
Next Week's Birthdays
February 22--Emmett Lyon
February 25--Brooklynn Braid
February 26--Lennox Shovein
February 27--Dominick Harken
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